Some friends hadn’t done much walking from West Burton so of course it had to be me to lead! A lovely low level walk about five miles and if you pick your day, a ‘cuppa’ and cake at West Burton Village Shop and Tea Room to finish or of course pop to the Fox and Hounds. It may only be a quiet walk through the fields and country paths and lanes but please do wear suitable clothing and footwear and take plenty to drink and snacks. As always plan your route beforehand taking the map, GPS and whatever else you need to keep you on the straight and narrow.
Park your car in West Burton or at the waterfall area and set off up the village in the direction of the village hall, past the cross, past the pub, past the village shop up to the top half of the green and keep going to Town Head Farm, through the farm, over the little wooden bridge and into the fields heading further into Bishopdale. Keep going straight ahead along side Little Beck, over Broats (I didn’t know that!) and pick up the stiles, some in disrepair and not used, as you go along which will eventually bring you out onto the track which leads down into Newbiggin in Bishopdale. Here you have a choice, you can cross the track and go through the stile and walk down the fields to Cross Lanes or take a little detour into Newbiggin, past East Farm and then walk down the road to the junction. In spring it’s just beautiful down here with cherry blossom. We were admiring the bark when I spotted a face on one of the tree trunks. How long it had been there I know not, looked to have been there quite a while so keep a look out for it, on the left hand side. Anyway…………. Once at the junction follow the road to Thorably, over Mill Bridge, up the steep little hill then take the footpath off to the left. Along here to come out at Littleburn Bridge. Turn right and walk along Westfield Lane into Thoralby, down through the village and follow the signs for Aysgarth and Leyburn. Past the large on the left then after a few yards leave the road and bear right along Eastfield Lane.
Keep going to Eshington Bridge. It was quite abundant with fruit on here, some ready for picking, the blackberries and some rose hips, the sloes will wait for a little longer and the elderberry too. Once at Eshington Bridge, over the bridge and turn right into the field. Continue west through the field and follow the path to West Burton coming out onto the B6160. Cross the road, up the steps and out onto the road again, turn right and follow until you come to the village green again.
Do come and stay with us in one of our beautiful holiday cottages and enjoy this walk and many others that you will find here on this blog. Call me Nadine or my daughter Joanne on 01969 663559 for friendly help and advice and to book over the telephone or do book online if you wish. Hear from you soon!
Written By Nadine Bell